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this. i'm sure of it. >> thank you for coming forward with this. thanks, jim, for being a great husband. now all your friends know. you people out there he told you to watch, now you watch. i'm sure we'll do a lot more on this. 18 years after she vanished, tonight south lake tahoe celebrates the gooz news with jaycee dugard. now this registered sex offender will be an ordained minister. can he be trusted to lead a church? preaching hate. protests against the pastor who says he prays for president obama's death. criticism from kwefsh actives prompts one of the president's advisers to quite overnight. i'm richard lui in this evening. we've heard talk and even shouting in the months long debate over health care reform, and it's come down to this. a primetime presidential address to congress with president
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obama's signature issue on the line here. the president's aides, allies and opponents had a lot to say today on the sunday talk shows. kate baldwin has the latest from washington. >> lawmakers and the american public are looking for detail from president obama, and this week's speech is about selling health care reform is about pitching the message, let's take what we can get now. president obama returned from vacation to face a crucial week ahead in the health care debate. top white house aides insist the president will spell out his specifics for reform when he speaks wednesday to a joint session of congress. >> they'll leave that speech knowing exactly where the president stands, exactly what he thinks we have to do to get health care done. >> reporter: at the same time cnn learned the white house is quietly talking about drafting its own health care bill. a kind of contingency legislation, and is leaning toward a plan that will trigger a public insurance option only if health care reforms fail to meet certain goals.
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white house officials dodged questions sunday about whether the president would sign a bill that doesn't include a public option. >> he believes the public option is a good tool. now, it shouldn't define the whole health care debate, however. >> reporter: it's a contentious issue that has the white house squeezed from the right and left. >> we need credible, comprehensive universal health care with a good, robust public option now. >> i think if the democrats embrace the public option in the form of the trigger, shale shoot themselves in the foot. >> political analysts say there's a lot riding on the president's short visit this week to capitol hill. >> he can talk about various alternatives and ideas, but at the end of the speech, it seems to me folks on capitol hill and around the country have to have a much clearer idea what kind of a bill he feels he needs to sign. >> reporter: recent numbers show the president may have hard work ahead there. according to a cnn opinion
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research corporation poll a majority of americans feel more secure under the current health care system than with the president's proposals. richard. >> kate baldwin in washington, d.c. let's dig deeper into the president's speech now and the high stakes week ahead. mark preston joins me from washington and mary mitchell. she's in chicago. mark, let's start with you. let's look at the latest poll numbers on health care reform. when we pull them up, they don't look great for president obama, especially in that one category, 65 and older. >> look, richard, at the numbers right there. if you're over the age of 65 -- rather over 35 a majority of americans oppose the plan at this point. if you jump up to 65 or older, folks on medicaid and folks that think this plan, if enacted will take away their medicare. when president obama gives this speech later this week, he has to sell his plan to these folks. these are folks very active and people that vote.
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this is crucial when it comes down to the midterm elections in 2010. >> one of the issues, mary, is there's division within his own party, the president's. is this an attempt to co-less that support? >> first of all, he has to sell a health plan, his health plan by clearly explaining why there's so many myths out there and giving the american people the truth. that's first of all. and then you can't sell out the liberals and the supporters who really want to see a form of universal health care and a public option. he has to be really strong on this. he cannot back down. this is at the moment that he has to stand up and say this is the right thing to do for american people. >> let me build on what you say there, mary. the public option. axelrod said as we saw in the package, it's not all about the public option. isn't it, mark? >> at this point if you're a liberal or progressive, it is all about the public option. this is really a big problem for
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president obama heading into this week. we've seen liberals come out and tell us, richard, that the public option has to be part of the bill, and if it's not, they're not going to support it. look, here in washington we're here to get things done. there has to be compromise. really not drawing a line in the sand on the public option, i think that's foretelling what we saw when president obama speaks later this week when he lays out the vision for health care reform. >> stick around. we'll get to other stories and get back to you. a quick reminder, cnn's will carry the health care reform address to congress live wednesday night at 8:00. now we go to a 9/11 petition signature and strong opinions about republicans that seemed to have cost an outspoken white house adviser his job. word came in in the middle of the night in a the middle of hey holiday weekend van jones was quitting. he accuses his critics of mounting a smear campaign against him.
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mary snow sheds some loss. >> reporter: van jones was thrust to the forefront over questions surrounding this 2004 petition he signed on the 9/11 website demanding a call for immediate inquiry into evidence that suggests high level government officials may have deliberately allowed the september 11th attacks to occur. van jones is listed as signer 46. asked why his name is on it, an administration source tells cnn that jones did not carefully review the language in the petition. in a statement issued friday, jones said, i do not agree with this statement, and it certainly does not reflect my views now or over. white house press secretary robert gibbs was asked about jones' name appearing on the petition responding ints something the president agrees with. jones has also gained attention for comments he made before his white house job. including this one now on youtube when he was talking about republicans. >> how are the republicans able to push things through when they
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have senators but somehow we can't. >> well, the answer to that, they're [ bleep ] holes. that's a technical political party term. and it -- >> reporter: in 2005 he was quoted in the east bay express saying by august i was a communist when explaining about his radicalization following the acquittals in the police beating case of rodney king in 1992. jones said if i have offended anyone with statements he made in the past, i apologize. the green jobs guru came under scrutiny by some conservatives, notably glenn beck. defenders of jones say beck
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targeted him because jones was formerly with a group now working to get advertisers to boycott beck's show. the boycott came after the fox host called president obama a racist. before this jones was primarily known for his environmental work, including the best-selling book the green collar economy. back in may in comments on the "san francisco chronicle's" website he won the praise of meg whitman, now a republican candidate for governor in california. >> i am a big van. he's done a marvelous job. >> on friday whitt man said she did not jones well and distanced herself. mary snow, cnn, new york. >> mark and mary listened along with us to that report. the white house says it did not order van jones to step down, but no one came rushing to his defense. do you think the administration caved to the right in this case? >> no. look, when you have all this controversy boiling up, i think
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robert gibbs said it best earlier today on the sunday shows when he said that not one president is bigger than the president's jaendz agenda. when you're causing turmoil you're asked to leave basically or you know best to leave. >> bottom line, van jones here, did he become a distraction that had to get out of the way? >> i think that he did the right thing, because he understands that the health care debate is much more important than arguing over comments made in 2004. whether he signed a petition, why he signed the petition. he's not trying to get on a commission that's looking at terrorism. he is looking at green jobs and looking at how america can move forward with that. i think it's unfortunate that in this day and age anyone can take a snippet of what you say, go back into speeches that you have given or look at some of the film clips maybe you made a bad joke, and they can pull that out in a situation where you want to cause a distraction. so i think rather than caving
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in, i think that what happened here is that the obama administration is being pushed around by conserve tifism. if they don't get a grip on that, van jones won't be the last pushed out. >> mark, in this case how about of an obstacle would van jones have been? for that matter do you think it's the end of that controversy? >> it's another dagger for opponents of president obama's administration to keep on digging at him. you know, he stepped down. it's not going to go away. it won't be a huge issue, but it's another bullet, so to speak, in the gun for conservatives just to continually go after president obama. look, we'll hear about it on talk radio this week. no question. >> mark, mary, stick around. we need you to give us more insight to another issue we'll cover after the break. those aren't the only problems the white house is dealing with right now. there's the fallout from his scheduled speech to school children this week. a convicted sex offender
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wants to be ordained as a minister in kentucky and his congregation is okay with this. we'll ask him and his pastor what they're thinking. also the phoenix pastor who prayed for president obama's death refuses to back down a week after his controversial comments. you know you're gonna need it. why not stock up now? get everything you need for fall cleaning and fall allergies at an unbeatable price. save money. live better. walmart. and i'm a pc.ello, i'm a mac. and i'm looking to buy a great computer. well allow me to introduce the top-of-the-line pc. oh, wow cool. hey. well, i want a computer with a big screen. and a really fast processor. some say i'm too fast. and i want one that just works, without thousands of viruses and tons of headaches. look, lady any pc you get is gonna have those problems. oh, well i think i'll go with mac. great. when you're ready to compromise you call me.
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the white house is facing a big test this week quieting the theory over president obama's planned speech to the nation's school kids. many parents say the address amounts to indoctrination and not education. some are even considering keeping their kids at home. >> thinking about my kids. sorry. in school having to listen to that. it really upsets me. >> i may have voted for mccain and bush in the past. i wouldn't want them speaking to my student or your student or anybody else's student, your child. politics is up to the family. >> will i send my child? i don't know. right now i'd say no. >> but education secretary arnie
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done kan is calling the complaints silly. the original lesson plan was flawed. that section has been changed and duncan says participation is totally up to the parents. >> the president's whole speech is about asking students to take personal responsibility for their education and challenge them to work hard every day, set goals, have a strong work ethic, and i think this is an important message. it's absolutely voluntary. no one is mandated. folks can watch it at school or never watch it. whatever they want to do. >> so let's get back to mark and mary. this is supposed to be an 18-minute speech about studying hard in class. does this show how split the country is right now? why is it so polarizing for so many? >> i don't think if the country is split. it certainly shows there's still
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people in this country who are not respecting barack obama as president and as being in that office. i have never heard of people being upset when the president of the united states wants to take time out of his schedule to encourage our youth to do better in school. that's not indoctrination. that's encouragement, and it's quite sad that even when the president wants to just do something that is not political that his critics will come out after him. >> mark, this has energized a portion of conservatives. how savvy of a move is this speech? >> the obama white house is brilliant in controlling the message. in this case i think the criticism is unfounded. the fact we just had somebody on our air crying because president obama was going to deliver an 18-minute speech is just fascinating to me it would happen. look, the fact is he's going to deliver a speech. the initial lesson plan was, in
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fact, a flaw. they shouldn't have done that. the text is going to be on the white house website tomorrow. if parents are concerned, feel free to go there and read the speech. the fact is he's the president of the united states, richard. he should be delivering these speeches. >> mark preston, the political editor and mary mitchell from the chicago sun times. thanks for spending time with us and have a great labor day. >> thank you. >> you don't have to be in a school by the way to catch the president's speech to the kids. f tune in to cnn. we will carry it live. a big-time pro football player charged with assaulting his reality star girlfriend. we'll tell you what happened here. a week after praying for president obama's death, a phoenix pastor stands his ground and defying protestors outside his church. practicing what they breech. a kentucky congregation prepares to ordain a convicted sex offender who says he's no longer a risk to the community. hing better with advair... i can enjoy the zoo with my grandkids.
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jaycee dugard's hometown turned pink today to celebrate her reunion with her family 18 years later. dugard, now 29 years old, was found living in antioch, california with convicted sex offender philip garrido. south lay tahoe held a similar parade 10 years ago. it followed the reverse direction to symbolize dugard's homecomi homecoming. big trouble for sean merriman of the chargers. his girlfriend claims that he choked and physically restrained her from leaving his san diego home before dawn this morning. he was arrested, and he was booked into jail on one count of
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battery and one count of false imprisonment. she starred in an mtv reality dating shore. an arizona past who are who stood in the pulpit and prayed for president obama to die is not backing down. asthma liss sa from kpnx reports, they found themselves defending their pastor to a swarm of protestors crowding the church entrance. >> reporter: people lined southern avenue sunday morning spreading their message of love. >> i, too, am a minister and i would never get on the pulpit and preach hate. >> reporter: this is video of the sermon on youtube. >> i hate barack obama. i'm going to say from the bible why i should hate barack obama, why god hates barack obama. >> i'm appalled that anyone would talk about killing the president and as a religious leader i'm appalled that anybody
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would do it from the pulpit. >> there's more of us that know god means peace and love. >> pastor anderson is standing by his message. he refused to be interviewed today only saying -- >> i'm not changing anything i should. i'd like to see obama die of natural causes. >> reporter: he attended the service today. he admits preaching about wanting president obama to die is extreme and offered this solution. >> i think obama could maybe reach out to pastor anderson, and i would pray that they both come to some kind of agreement. >> reporter: other members are continuing to stand by pastor anderson. how was the sermon today? >> it was real good. you ought to go. >> reporter: this member said he prayed for the president and others to die. >> people do eiffel in the world, things will happen to them. >> reporter: thomas says not his good. a kentucky church plans to
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ordain a convicted sex offender this week, dispute the obvious concerns in the community. we asked them about this issue. also for you, a tear tieing sight off the coast of cape cod. that's right. great white sharks, and this labor day weekend we'll sbru you to the secretary of labor, hilda solis, as we kick off the new series, latino firsts. has turned me into somebody larger than life, literally. but those days are back-back-back-back-back gone! i'm chris berman, and i lost 41 pounds with nutrisystem. just order nutrisystem for men today to get four weeks of awesome food, and learn how to get three extra weeks free. let's go to the highlights. mike "all i ate was golic bread": down, 51 pounds. don "blue suede" shula: down 32 pounds. dan "glam man" marino: lost 22 pounds. guys, you can do this. you'll get four weeks of satisfying meals,
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will they ever purge themselves of the stir to sexually violate someone? one pastor in louisville, kentucky says yes. as a matter of fact he's preparing to ordain one of his members who happens to be a registered sex offender. we have their story. >> reporter: city of refuge church proclaims that everyone is welcome. that's probably what attracted mark. he was charged back in 1998 with sodomized, sexually abusing and intimidating an 11-year-old boy.
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he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, served time in prison and agreed not to serve as a leader in any church where he would have contact with children. but his probation is over. even if his sex offender registration will never end. >> us as a society, we can't forget and can't move on, and i preach in this church to try to allow god to move you on to a better life. >> reporter: this pastor says the lord has touched his heart. he leads praise and worship at the church and he will become an ordained minister next sunday. >> if we show people that someone with mark's background and past can become someone that will be productive in society, then who else could reach out to other people but christ's people? >> the former church deacon says he was never straightforward about his past until he was confronted. >> so i have, of course, my piece of paper that i did my
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research on and he handed it to him and said this is the problem. his reaction was oh, you found out. >> he fears he may be tempted by children wo gather at the church at sunday school and could reoffend. >> maybe he'll fall in the category of the low percentage that doesn't, but i don't want to take the chance. >> reporter: pastor meadows says he will sign an agreement not to minister to children. >> god is a god of loving and forgiven and i'm doing what he's telling me to do. if that's not popular, jesus wasn't either. >> they join my live. as you heard he's a registered sex offender soon to be an ordained minister. he was charged in 1998 with sodomizing and sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy and served a four year, aets month sentence. randy meadows is pastor of the
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city of refuge. he will ordain mark, and it's the first time you've heard of them ordaining someone registered for life as a sex offender. sthar is that right? >> yes, it is. >> go ahead. >> i look at that god gives everyone a second and third and fourth chance, and, you know, i've watched the walk of mark for the last year and a half. the church has watched his walk, and i know that god can change people if we allow god to do so. so i -- i'm very proud of his walk in the lord. >> mark, in the jace see dugard case philip garrido was in recovery but really wasn't in recovery. why should pa richers you go to church with belief you are in recovery? >> well, i completed the sex offender treatment program while i was in prison. i also since i was released while i was on parole, so i've
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completed it twice. i've learned a lot of tools through that program, and i've learned that i have to change the way that i think in order to change my actions and my behaviors. i've learned a lot of things as far as what situations not to place myself in and when i'm having problems on emotional levels to seek out counsel from other people such as my pastor or other members of the church in order to deal with those so it doesn't turn into something that it has in the past. >> pastor meadows, the catholic church has experienced scores of sex offense cases over the decades that have spanned the decades. it had significant financial repur repercussio repercussions. aren't you worried of the risk you're facing here? >> he don't take anything lightly when it comes to someone's past. i want everyone to know that. but i want everyone to know that
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this church in no way, shape or form will be putting the children of this church in harm's way, the members of this church, or brother mark in harm's way. we are very aware of everything. the one thing is that he's not hidden this from me or the board members of the church or the ministers. so we are very watchful of every situation that comes along in our congregation. we're just a small church of this nation preaching the simple gospel of jesus christ, that he is a god of love and a god of second and third chances and even many more. so we are very watchful. >> mark, in the report from adam walsh, he rorpted that the decon did not feel you were being forthright about your background. have you been? >> yes. something that i've always done since my release from prison in any church i've attended, if i knew that i was going to be
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attending the church for any length of time, i always go to the pastor and let him know of my background and my situation, which i did with pastor randy as he did at other churches. and just so there's a level of accountability, and i pretty much let the pastor know so that he can be watchful of me. if there's other people in the church that he needs to inform so they can also -- that i can be accountable to them as well. >> pastor meadows, when you heard from mark about his background, did that surprise you at all? >> to be honest with you, when i opened up the church about six years ago, i wanted a church for all people. a safe place to reach out to the whole city of louisville and to other areas that we are a church that does reach out to the gay, lesbian, transexual, transgender and straight community. i believe that's what christ would have us to do. so i, therefore, stand strong on
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this. >> it did not surprise you? it did not surprise you, then, pastor? >> when he came to me, yes, it did surprise me. but i took it under great consideration and great prayer, and therefore, you know, took it with the leading and guiding of the holy spirit of the lord. >> mark, back to you. "the washington post" points to a dan niche study that showed 8 in 10 offenders offend again. it mentions physical or chemical cast trags actually reduces that to 1 in 50. would you consider that, that process of castration, whether physical or chemical, to satisfy some of your critics out there at the church and other places? >> well, it's not something that i've considered or even thought about, because as i learned through the treatment programs i've been in that this offense is more a mental and emotional problem that has to be corrected through thinking, and therefore,
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as you change your thinking about things in the way that you have in the past, you can change the way that you behave. being able to seek out counsel through others can help you get through that and not allow yourself to be in high-risk situations. >> mark, why do you want to be a minister? >> well, i've felt the call of god in my life when i was younger, and i was going through a divorce before. i wasn't allowed to be ordained through that church because of that, because of the denomination that i was affiliated with. of course, i went to prison after that, soon after that, and i just -- i had no intentions when i joined this church of being ordained, but i felt because of the acceptance and the love and the way that pastor randy has reached out to not just me and a lot of people who have been rejected that god can use me to reach out to those people that need that hope and need that light.
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to see them through whatever situation they're going through, whether it's one similar to mine or, you know, we all have things we go through. that's what my mission that i want my mission to be, is to reach out to those who need that hope in their lives regardless of what they did in the past. >> thank you so much for stopping by tonight to speak with you and pastor meadows. we appreciate your time tonight as well. >> thank you. it's a race against time. at the san francisco oakland bay bridge, can they finish emergency repairs before tuesday morning's rush hour? great white sharks also off the coast of cape cod throw a monkey wrench into beach-goers plans there. as a gill hilda solis was told to be a secretary but she beat the expectations by becoming secretary of labor. we'll tell you how she broke barriers to make some history.
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this crack is unrelated to a replacement of a span at the other end of the bridge. officials cannot say when the crack will be fixed. the goal is to have all the work completed and the bridge re-opened to traffic on tuesday morning. that's not exactly the story line, but reminiscent of the blockbuster movie "jaws." that's a great white shark you see there. city officials have closed a number of beaches to swimming after multiple sightings of the sharks off the coast of cape cod. the bay state's division of marine fisheries has tagged two sharks with electronic devices so they can be tracked. they were 8 to 10 feet long. imagine seeing that in the water. over to jacqui jeras in the weather center. how's is going? >> it's going great. i'm straying on dry land, my friend. a lot of people hitting the peach.
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clear across the northeast, weatherwise it's great. it's the gulf coast and parts of florida where we see the showers and thundershowers popping up. this is the rule again as we head through tomorrow. so your labor day forecast looks like this. the heaviest showers and thunderstorms we think are here across the ohio river valley, indianapolis, cincinnati, into pittsburgh and also into the nashville area. temperature-wise it's feeling fine. lots of 70s and 80s but cool and camp in the pacific northwest. richard. >> a great labor day weekend. thank you. the daughter of immigrants, the first to graduate college in family, now she's in president obama's cabinet. we'll introduce you to labor secretary hilda solis in our new series, and we saw it this week. a student standing up for himself to prevent a tragedy. more and more students are stepping up to deal with issues of bullying to try and prevent school vile lens. we're digging deeper. icro-thin d against acid attack. only crest pro-health tootastes
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starring tonight right here in the newsroom we're profiling latinos who overcame obstacles to make history. it's part of our new series. our focus tonight on this labor day weekend is hilda solis, the nation's first latino labor secretary. she spoke with cnn brianna keeler. >> so help me god. >> god love you. >> secretary, what do you think of where you are today? >> it's amazing. just really amazing to be here, to be seated as a cabinet member, the first la tina in the
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obama administration. and it's a dream. >> when you received the call from then president-elect obama, what was your first thought? >> knowing that this opportunity was open to you? >> i was very proud. i mean, i think it's -- it was very unexpected, but our president is a very, very giving man. very, very open, very much about bringing in diversity and different people. so i think he took a lot of people by surprise. >> how important is it to have someone be the first so that it -- it is breaking a ceiling in a way? is it breaking a barrier to make this more likely in the future? >> i think it is. all you have to do is look at the election that took place last year. having the first african-american president in our lifetime. that's amazing.
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the fact that this is one of the most diverse cabinets that we've seen in the history of our presidencies is amazing to me. i feel very honored to have colleagues like hillary clinton, to see ken salazar former u.s. senator also a high-ranking latino serving in the department of interior. to have people like eric holder, african-american serving as our attorney general. these are capable, talented and intelligent individuals. i feel like what a wonderful opportunity to serve as colleagues with them. >> there must have been a point in time, if you would share with us, when it was clear to you that it was harder because you are a latina. was there ever a time? >> certainly people have doubted my capability or my intelligence or, you know, what i bring to the table.
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you often get tested in that way, and i think the first example that i often refer to is in high school. the fact that my original high school counselor, not the one that encouraged me to go to college, the one you get assigned by alphabet in high school actually had asked me, well, you know, hilda, what are you going to do? you're in 11th grade. you have a year to go here. what are your career choices? i said well, i don't know. well, why don't you follow -- he tells me follow along with your older sister did and become a secretary. that's what his sights were for me. >> you did become a secretary. >> surprisingly, a cabinet secretary. >> not what he was suggesting. >> exactly. the counselor who was saying that i should be a secretary actually told my mother that, well, you know, miss solis, your daughter isn't college material. so, i mean, that, to me, and my
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mother,eni i think, really made want to work harder and for her to support me more. >> it meant more? >> it created more internal energy on our parts to really do something that goes against the grain. when i think about it now, i think about all those students that were today, oh, no. here. just do that. settle for that. you'll be fine and make due. and i think, no, this has got to change. so one of the things i did after i did get admitted to the four-year college was to go back to my high school, and i recruited other student who had similar backgrounds and same grades and things like that and told them they can go to college, too. that year we ended up recruiting 25 students from that high school. >> when you look at your bio, there is this list of firsts for you. i think the one that really sticks out is the first first is being the first person in your family, a large family -- you have several siblings.
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the first person in your family to graduate college. how important was that, being the first in your family to graduate college? >> it was very important, and i think it's important for other families to think about that, too. that in -- typically in our culture young women aren't always encouraged because there aren't many people in the family that went on to college to share that experience and to encourage the parents to understand the importance and significance of that meaning. it is important for that to kind of be a lesson for other people to know that it's possible to have changes like that coming maybe even influenced from outside forces like a high school counselor who took an interest of what i was doing and thought i was capable of going to college. >> how hard is it right now to have this job that you have? >> you know, it's hard because we've inherited this very bad economic crisis, which started officially december 2007.
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but i know in the community where i grew up and that i represented as a member of congress, we were seeing high numbers of unemployment way before 2000. i could see figures going up high, always in the hispanic community, the african-american community. disadvantaged where you saw people struggling. >> is the latino american experience in this recession different than the american experience of it? >> it's harder, yes. they definitely have higher rates of unemployment. we see that women, latina women are really bearing the brunt of this, because they're typically the ones that keep the household together. if they're tentding to their children or having to work another -- maybe two part-time jobs or minimum wage jobs, they're really feeling a lot of pressure. and i know that, and sigh it. i see it in the faces when i go out to different communities whether it's san antonio, texas, east los angeles or miami, florida, or in new york or in
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chicago. i was just visiting some places there, some work experience, job experience places there and saw that there was a lot of -- there's a lot of concern and anxiety, but at the same time when i get to talk to people and explain what our programs are, there's a change in their attitude. their eyes light up and they're looking to see how they can get engaged and take advantage of these programs. so that's what i want to do. i want to inform people about opportunities that the department of labor can offer to them, and i want to do in a way to impact the hispanic community and other communities that are also in great need right now. >> as a member of president obama's cabinet, what do you bring from your background that enlightens what you do as the secretary of labor, that enlightens what you say when you're at that table near the oval office? >> well, i think about why i
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was -- why i was selected, and a lot of it has to do with your record. what have you done before in the past? what issues have you cared about? those issues continue to be about working families and continuing to help improve the quality of life for young children and for young adults, and for seniors to help our economy, you know, repair itself right now. all these things i have worked on throughout my 25 years of public service, and i feel like i've come full circle, so i have the confidence about knowing what i stand for and what voice i would like to project. it's not hilda solis' voice. it's the voice of women. it's the voice of people wanting to see justice in the workplace, wanting to have equality of education opportunities, equal pay, and to see that we have more access for diverse communities. when i speak it isn't just hilda
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the latina cabinet member, it's hilda the person bringing these other experiences with her. >> join us every week at this time as we profile more latino firsts. next time we talk live with the author of mambo sings play songs of love and the physician hispanic to win a pulitzer prime. this is coverage you only see on cnn. it was a fair tieing scene on a school bus in mississippi, but fast thinking by one of the students prevented a tragedy. then later, this picture pretty much says it all. we'll explain how this car ended up in this house. i'm pretty much the same as i am in a plastic bottle? except that you'll save, like, $600 bucks a year. but other than that, we're pretty much the same. pur. good, clean water. could save 'em hundreds on car just telinsurance.e geico
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a 14-year-old girl in mississippi was fed up and frustrated with bullies. take a look at what happened on her school bus this week. take a look. >> what you didn't see here is that the boy at the back of the bus, a senior football star, tackling the girl to the ground holding a gun. he saved lives and risked his own as well. he describes it for us. >> as i tried to catch her attention, you know, just to get everybody safely off the bus, and i just tried to focus directly on me pointing the gun
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at me. she's not pointing it at anyone else besides me. and in a split second i guess she tried to -- she flinched or blinked, i just knew it was my only chance and went at her. >> that situation could have ended tragically. it often does. earlier in year an 11-year-old boy hanged himself after school. he was constantly bullied. conversations are happening about how to protect xhirn and educate others about the ripple effects of bullying. here's a peek into a youths against bullying conference held in atlanta after herrera's death. >> this year we lost the lives of two youths that committed suicide. we want to hear from you especially youth today. today is your day. adults will tell you bullying is an issue always around. it's just teasing and toughen u. it's deeper than that. our kids are hurting.
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